Things are a lot more settled on the romantic and relationship fronts this month but don't equate settled for nothing going on. As Ceres spends her second month in direct motion in your romantic sector, she and the North Node are quietly keeping romantic matters on track. It is not until Venus, planet of love returns next month that the real fireworks will begin. Until then it is slow and steady on the romantic front, with every reason for confidence. This makes the Moon's visit from the 20th May to the 22nd May important. These romantically charged lunar vibes will create a chance to tap into the full force of these romantic influences.
In the meantime, after a Full Moon in your relationship sector over Easter, the Moon's monthly visits are the only chance this month to gain direct insight on the relationship front. However, your relationships have an Ace up their sleeves from the get go in the form of Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships. Venus starts the month in your relationship sector and until leaving on the 20th May she is on a mission to give your heart and your relationships a voice.
Venus will be gone from your communication sector by the time the Moon returns to your relationship sector from the 24th May to the 27th May, but there will still be plenty of communication support. The Sun's return to your communication sector on the 21st May will ensure that the communication lines remain open. It is from the 20th May that Venus will begin preparations for her return to your romantic sector next month, turning her focus onto making your life as love friendly as possible.
A Full Moon in your relationship sector in the closing hours of April is likely to still be having an impact as you move into the new month, with the Moon not leaving until the 2nd May. This is a Full Moon that will always fall at some point during your birthday month so at this time every year. This is halfway between the Sun's last visit to your relationship sector at the end, so is a chance to give your relationships a voice. This year you have lucky Jupiter in your relationship sector, who was more than an even match for the Sun.
While any relationship tension this may have created will ease back, this has been a chance to flush out any balance issues between your personal and relationship needs. In a major year for relationship matters, the Sun is fighting back, making sure your needs are being met as well. By the time the Sun and Jupiter move into opposition on the 9th/10th May, you'll have a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. However, the real magic is likely to happen when the Moon returns from the 27th May to the 29th May.
Coming full circle from the Full Moon late last month and its position in your relationship sector in the early days of the month, the Moon will return to find Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships in your communication sector. Venus returns on the 20th April, giving her a week to give your heart and your relationships a voice before the Moon returns. The Moon will also return to find Mercury, planet of communication in Taurus. It is Mercury's return on the 23rd May, just two days before Venus' return to your communication sector that will allow the planets of love and communication to work as a team.
The month starts with Venus in Gemini and this is the reason for a new sense of romantic and relationship confidence. Venus returns to Gemini once a year and as the planet of love and guardian of your relationships, this is a chance to update your romantic and relationship desires and expectations as you move into a new solar year. The fact that the Sun doesn't return to Gemini until the 21st May, a day after Venus leaves on the 20th May, gives her a chance to get in first. Yet that doesn't explain the confidence this year.
This is less to do with what is happening and more to do with what isn't happening. Missing is the pressure that every planet that has returned to Gemini over recent years have faced. When Venus returned to Gemini on the 25th April, for the first time in four years it was to find that Saturn was no longer in retrograde motion. Yet it was Saturn's departure from your relationship sector just before Christmas that has left you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
It was Jupiter's departure from your romantic sector last October that has also left you with a clear sense of what you want from love. This is Venus' first visit to Gemini since Jupiter left your romantic sector and since Saturn left your relationship sector, giving the planet of love and guardian of your relationships a chance to draw a new line in the sand. If there is anyone who knows how to draw on the untapped romantic and relationship potential and the momentum gained it is Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships.
Starting the month with the Moon in your romantic sector is always an advantage and in a 31 day month even more so. That's because if the Moon starts the month in your romantic sector and it only takes 28 days to come full circle, this means it will return again later in the month. This will create two romantic hotspots, each special for their own reason. The first romantic hotspot is the first 48 hours of the month, when the Moon is not only in your romantic sector until the 2nd May, but wrapping up a Full Moon in the closing hours of April.
The second romantic hotspot is when the Moon returns from the 27th May to the 29th May. The reality is that while these are hotspots, the whole month is romantically charged. The month begins with Venus, planet of love in a nostalgic part of your chart and Jupiter, planet of luck in retrograde motion in your romantic sector. This creates a huge amount of romantic nostalgia, something that the Lovers Moon in the closing hours of April was able to tap into.
Yet things take an exciting turn with Venus' return to Cancer on the 20th May, with the planet of love on hand when the Moon returns to your romantic sector a week later. In the meantime, until Mars leaves your relationship sector on the 16th May he's giving you the passion and determination to fight for what you want from your relationships. This comes as Saturn and Pluto, in their first full month in retrograde motion here are holding the doors open to the past. The Moon's visit from the 4th May to the 7th May will fuel both your emotional and passionate responses.
For the first time in four years you move into May with no planetary activity in your romantic sector, as has been the case since Mars left in March. However, that doesn't mean that there is nothing happening on the romantic front or on the relationship front, despite the fact that there is very rarely any planetary activity here at this time of year. You start the week with Venus, planet of love in a social and serendipitous part of your chart and until leaving on the 20th May she'll work with the laws of attraction and synchronicity. Yet it is in Venus' final days that things will become a lot more interesting.
It begins with Mars' return to your relationship sector on the 16th May, all of a sudden firing things up on the relationship front. Instead of moving through in just six weeks, Mars is here for months, bringing you to the start of a powerful new relationship chapter. This puts Mars and Venus on the same page, creating the support for friendship and relationship building. This is something that the Sun will continue, once Venus moves on. That support for your relationships will continue, with Mars able to fire and shake things up.
In the meantime, things take a romantic turn with Venus' return to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 20th May. This is the start of a 25 day nostalgic trip down love's memory lane that will end with the planet of love's return to Leo next month. This puts Venus here when the Moon not only returns to your romantic sector from the 29th May to the 31st May but creates a Full Moon here on the 30th May. This is a Lovers Moon, something that Venus will know how to capitalise on.
There has been continuous planetary activity in your relationship sector since 2003 and in your romantic sector since 2008, so there will always be something ticking over behind the scenes. Yet by this point in the year, the accent really is on the phrase 'behind the scenes'. Yet this month there is something extraordinary happening on both fronts. Pluto, who has been in your romantic sector since 2008 has always spent from April to September in retrograde motion since arriving. That is still the case this month, but until he leaves on the 16th May, Mars will continue to push matters of the heart forward.
At the same time, this is the point in each year when Chiron, in your relationship sector since 2010 and Neptune, here since 2012 step back. As the planet of healing, Chiron has been working to lay old relationship ghosts to rest for the last eight years. Or at least he had been until he left last month. For the first time since returning to your relationship sector in 2012 Neptune, planet of dreams is on his own and it is now all about following the dream. This makes the Moon's visits to your romantic and relationship sectors this month a lot more important.
The Moon will move through your romantic sector from the 4th May to the 7th May, in time to catch up with Mars before he leaves on the 16th May. These romantically charged lunar vibes will add fuel to Mars' romantic passions and fighting spirit. The Moon will visit your relationship sector from the 9th May to the 12th May, with a chance to check in on how your relationships are doing without Chiron on board. With support from lucky Jupiter in your communication sector, there will be a chance to give the emotional responses triggered a voice.
There is an end of an era on the relationship front this month but at the same time the start of a new era there and brand new developments on the romantic front. This adds up to an exciting month on both fronts. To start with the focus is on Mercury and Uranus' final weeks in your relationship sector, where they have been on a marathon mission to put your relationships on an authentic path and to ensure the communication lines are open. Mercury finally leaves on the 14th May, with the planet of communication wrapping up what should have been a 15 day visit, which had begun in early March.
It is two days later that Uranus leaves your relationship sector on the 16th May, wrapping up a visit that began in 2010. Uranus will be back later in the year to check on things, but until then this brings an eight year journey to a close. Yet already Chiron, planet of healing is spending her first full month in your relationship sector while Juno, queen of commitment and especially commitment to your relationships returned in the closing days of April. Juno and Chiron are the new crew that will take over from here.
In the meantime, the 16th May is the same day that things become a lot more exciting on the romantic front, thanks to Mars' return to your romantic sector. There is rarely any planetary activity on the romantic front at this time of year. Yet with Venus, planet of love in an adventurous part of your chart when Mars returns, this will create a potent cocktail of romantic, adventurous and passionate forces in the middle of the month. Even after Venus leaves on the 20th May, the Sun will return a day later to keep the spirit of adventure alive.
There is always going to be a lot of focus on your relationships at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your relationship sector. This year Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships has already been and gone, allowing you to start the month with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships. The Sun returned to turn the solar spotlight onto your relationships five days before Venus left and it was during those five days that gave you a chance to finalise your shopping list.
Whether single, in a relationship or between relationships, knowing what you want from your relationships was the starting point. Things get interesting midmonth, starting with Mercury, planet of communication's return to your relationship sector on the 14th May and the Moon's return just a few hours later. This begins the lead up to a New Moon on the 15th May, during Mercury's first full day. As the Sun and Moon align to create a New Moon that brings a chance to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead, this will ensure there is support on the communication front.
Yet it is on the 16th May and just hours before the Moon leaves on the same day that everything changes. For this is the day that Uranus returns to your relationship sector for the first time since 1942, beginning a relationship journey that will take until 2026 to run its course. Everything until that point is part of the annual update your relationships go through at this time every year. Whatever your starting point, this is the start of a journey towards creating something real and authentic.
You have reached an important month on both the romantic and relationship fronts. On one front for more mundane but just as important reasons and on the other, because something major is shifting. The major shifts are on the romantic front, while it's on the relationship front that something more mundane, but just as exciting is developing. While the Sun left your romantic sector last month Mercury, as you move into the new month is still here, still working to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page.
When you consider that Mercury returned in early March for what should have been a 15 day visit, having him here until the 14th May is a gift. This should be the point when Uranus, in your romantic sector since 2010, once more takes the wheel and continues to work behind the scenes to keep things on an authentic path. Instead, after eight years Uranus will leave on the 16th May, following Mercury out the door. Yet thanks to Chiron and Juno's return last month, matters of the heart are unlikely to go off the point anytime soon.
In the meantime, while the Sun's return to your relationship sector on the 21st May is something that happens at this time every year, two things make this year very different. The first is that Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships has been and gone, though she won't leave until the 20th May. The second difference is that for the first time in four years Saturn isn't in opposition, with none of the challenges of the last three years. By the time Mercury, planet of communication returns on the 30th May, your relationships will have all the support they need.
This is always the point in every year that the spotlight falls on matters of the heart and all things romantic, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your romantic sector. To start with things look fairly ordinary, apart from the fact that Venus, planet of love has been and gone. This is part of the reason for a sense of romantic confidence and anticipation from the get go, with Venus raising the bar this year to a height that might still baffle you. If you start the month with the kind of romantic confidence and anticipation that doesn't match your current reality, then you're on track.
For Venus knows what lies ahead and so will you by midmonth. Yet to start with things are still looking fairly ordinary. Even Mercury's return to your romantic sector on the 14th May and the Moon's a few hours later ahead of a New Moon on the 15th May is par for the course. Mercury will always return around the same time as the Sun, with a chance to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. You will also have a New Moon here at some point during the Sun's month long visit, with a chance for new opportunities and beginnings.
Yet things become very extraordinary from the 16th May, with the Moon still in your romantic sector when Uranus returns. With romantically charged lunar vibes in the air and the tailwind from a New Moon the day before at your back, Uranus has chosen his return to your romantic sector to perfection. For as the planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected returns it is to start the biggest romantic journey in eight decades, a journey that will take until 2026 to run its course. The Sun will leave on the 21st May and Mercury on the 30th May, but Uranus is here to stay.
While the Sun will return to your romantic sector every May, he doesn't return until the 21st May. At the same time, there is rarely any planetary activity in your relationship sector at this time of year, unless there is something extraordinary developing. Yet this year there is something extraordinary and you don't need to wait for the Sun for things to take a romantic turn. That happened late last month with Venus, planet of love's return to your romantic sector on the 25th April. With Venus here until the 20th May, the Sun from the 21st May and Mercury from the 30th May, you've reached the most romantically charged month of 2018.
While this is very ordinary, with all three returning at this time every year, for the first time in four years Saturn is no longer in opposition. With less resistance and no barriers, a little bit of influence from the love gods is going to go a lot further. It is while Venus, planet of love is still here that you have a chance to really embrace the romantic spirit. The Sun will return a day after Venus leaves on the 20th May, but even he is no substitute for what the planet of love can do.
In the meantime, the wheels continue to turn on the relationship front. With the North Node, the force behind a series of eclipses here since last May and Ceres, in direct motion here since March, neither are in a hurry but are keeping the wheels turning in a real and authentic way. Both will be challenged by Mars' return to Aquarius on the 16th May, but this is more a case of putting you and your relationships to the test. The lunar nodes have been working to achieve a more authentic balance between your personal and relationship needs since May 2017, with Mars bringing your first real test.
To start with it is business as usual, though your relationships have an advantage, even if it is by association. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of May in your communication sector and with Mercury, planet of communication returning on 14th May and Uranus on the 16th May, that support will increase. While nothing is specifically targeting your relationships, in the absence of any planetary activity on the relationship front, having the communication lines open is the next best thing.
When the Moon moves through your relationship sector from the 22nd May to the 24th May you're likely to see the full evidence of that. With Mercury, planet of communication in your communication sector until the 30th May, he'll be on hand to give your emotional responses and relationships a voice. However, what is likely to take you by surprise is the drop in the number of buttons being pushed. For just as the communication support ramps up, the pressure on your relationships is dropping back.
With the Sun not returning to your romantic sector until late June, there is no expectation of any romantic developments this month. This is why Venus, planet of love's return on the 20th May is likely to come as such a pleasant surprise. By the time Venus returns to your romantic sector on the 20th May the Sun will still be over a month away, allowing the planet of love to get in and out before any reality checks are required. Venus might just be passing through, but her return on the 20th May will kick off the most romantically charged weeks of 2018. Romantically charged lunar vibes in play from the 18th May to the 20th May the red carpet is laid out for the planet of love from the get go.